2021 California Science Education Conference


The 2022 California Science Education Conference was a blast! We were fortunate to be able to meet IN-PERSON this year after having virtual conferences in 2020 and 2021. Thank you to each and every attendee, presenter and exhibitor who came to join us. Seeing your energy, enthusiasm and smiling faces is what makes our conference special, and we couldn’t have asked for a better comeback.

We kicked off on Thursday with our pre-conference, bringing back Science Leaders Day, featuring Keynote Heidi Schweingruber, and it was a tremendous success! Friday–Sunday featured a top-notch lineup of presenters, focus speakers, short courses, and of course, our awesome keynotes, Tim Blais and Jim Churchman. And let’s not forget our other ticketed events that made an in-person return, morning yoga with Mary Ann and the legendary CASE pool party!

Our exhibit hall, which featured an amazing lineup of vendors, was completely SOLD OUT this year! We would like to give a special shout-out to our Premier Exhibitor Partners, Chevron and STEMscopes for their generous contributions toward this year’s conference. Last but certainly not least, we want to thank our Board of Directors, Conference Committee members, and all of our dedicated volunteers who played a HUGE part in making sure this conference runs smoothly. Their continuous hard work and enthusiasm helps make this conference possible each year.

We can’t wait to see everyone next year for another amazing event. Our location is TBA, but we promise that the 2023 California Science Education Conference will be another one full of wonderful memories.


Heidi Schweingruber
Tim Blais
Jim Churchman

Science Leaders Day*
Heidi Schweingruber, PhD

Heidi Schweingruber, PhD., is the director of the Board on Science Education at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM). In that role, she oversees a portfolio of work that includes K-12 science education, informal science education and higher education. READ MORE
*additional ticketed item

Opening Keynote
Tim Blais, A Capella Science

Tim Blais is the creator of A Capella Science, an educational and utterly nerdy musical learning experience. A former physics researcher and lifelong harmony aficionado, Tim draws inspiration from Weird Al, Bill Nye, Mike Tompkins and Vi Hart. Join Tim for an interactive and engaging performance.

Closing Keynote
Jim Churchman

Jim Churchman is a Hollywood stunt coordinator with a career spanning 25 years including work with Marvel studios. Jim is also the founder of The Flying Hero Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving children with cancer the opportunity to fly like a superhero using movie stunt equipment. READ MORE


If you're a district leader, TOSA, Science Leader or Admin who wants to gain knowledge of NGSS, join CASE for a Pre-conference Science Leaders Day!

Choose from an amazing lineup of seven different short courses designed to help you dig deeper into NGSS, engineering design, and more.

If you want a fun networking event, then join CASE for a fun evening of celebrating our CASE Award winners around the largest swimming pool in Palm Springs! Pool Party & Awards Celebration Sponsored By STEMscopes.

Let’s celebrate Saturday morning with a gentle and grounding yoga practice that integrates the breath, the body, and the mind. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now. Session fee includes yoga mat.

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Call to Action

Call to Action for
Science Education

The 2022 CASE Science Conference aims to answer the National Academies' Call to Action for Science Education for better, more equitable science education. The Calls' vision, and ours, is that every student experiences the joy and wonder of science, learns how science can be used to solve local and global problems, sees the pathways they can take into science-related careers, and feels welcomed and valued in science classrooms.

We have an opportunity to reset science education so that it is better for all Californians and more equitable for populations of students from rural communities and those of color who are experiencing poverty.

Join us on this urgent call.


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